The mirliton (aka chayote and a bunch of other names) is related to melons, cucumbers, and squash. I’m making an assumption that the FODMAP content is fairly low since it is also low in other members of the gourd family. According to the USDA National Nutrient database, the mirliton has more carbohydrates than cucumber, but about the same amount of sugar (mirliton vs cucumber). Unless someone can give us the definitive FODMAP content, eat mirlitons at your own risk. If anyone out there in the cyberlands can educate me on the FODMAP content of mirlitons, I’d appreciate hearing from you!
My farmers’ market currently has beautiful, in-season mirlitons direct from Louisiana. I made a very simple dressing, but you could use your favorite cole slaw dressing.
2 mirlitons, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4 inch matchsticks
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely chopped scallion greens
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon celery seed
freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate. If it needs salt, add immediately before serving.